Saturday, August 14, 2010

Hey, That's Not So Bad...

There's something about the writer's psychology that makes one question the quality of one's own work. I've often said that upon finishing a project, I'm peculiarly torn between believing it's the best thing I've ever done and totally worthless. I think all writers feel something like this, except maybe Faulkner -- I think he knew he pretty much nailed it every time.

I started reading through a chapter book manuscript yesterday that I wrote about two months ago, just after finishing the novel I'd been working on. I like to write a younger project after a novel as a way to unwind. But I put this story aside immediately after finishing it. By the end, I was feeling very unsure about it. I was surprised reading it and discovering it didn't suck. It is actually is pretty funny.

It's about a group of kids lost in space who are forced to take on an mad scientist. The above illustration is a sketch of the main character...I always sketch my main characters. With any luck, one of my publishers will also feel that it doesn't suck and turn it into a series. Per yesterday's post, I'll keep my fingers crossed.


  1. I like the idea. I think all the artists I know are insecure and veer between those emotions.

  2. It already sounds like something my boys would enjoy reading.

  3. Thanks. Hopefully they'll get to read it in the near future.